When God Does the Miracle We Didn’t Ask For
Feb 8, 2014
Unlike delivering grace, which often moves us to greater independence from God, sustaining grace keeps us tethered to him.
Seven Things That Transform Suffering
Mar 27, 2014
I can’t carry my plate to the table. Last month I could do it easily. But with post-polio, things deteriorate rapidly. Every week, I face new challenges, discover things I can no longer do, give up more things I love. …
Finding Joy in the Clouds
May 14, 2014
It doesn’t feel like God draws as near without the clouds. There is an intimacy with him I have only experienced in the raging storm.
Is My Suffering Meaningless?
Jul 12, 2014
Not a minute of our suffering is meaningless. God’s purpose directs every detail of our pain.
What If the Worst Happens?
Sep 15, 2014
We all face a staggering array of “what ifs.” Some are minor issues, while others have life-altering repercussions.
The Greatest Gift Is God Himself
How He Meets Us in Suffering
Apr 22, 2015
God doesn’t grant my every request even when I pray faithfully. But he does promise to satisfy me with his unfailing love as he walks through every trial with me.
The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel
Jun 30, 2015
The story of Job taught me that God himself — not anything he gives me — is my greatest treasure.
Your Shattered Dreams and Shaken Faith
Sep 2, 2015
When my plans crumble and God takes me away from my dreams, I must trust in God’s infinite wisdom and rest in his immeasurable love.
The Loneliness of Suffering
Oct 26, 2015
As much as I would like friends to comfort me, no one has ever met me the way God has. No one’s words have ever changed me the way Scripture has.
If I Only Knew Why
Dec 9, 2015
How could I possibly reconcile such great losses that were preventable, unexpected? My natural question was “Why?” If God was in control, why didn’t he stop it?
A Sign for the Suffering
Dec 23, 2015
When our dreams and plans are falling apart, and our life feels humble and obscure when we were hoping for something prettier, maybe we are exactly where God wants us to be.
When the Detour Becomes Your New Road
Jan 30, 2016
When my plans go awry, I want to believe that I have taken a temporary detour. But what if my new sufferings and pain are now my new normal?
When Every Hope Seems Lost
Mar 25, 2016
When I think of Good Friday, my heart sinks. It is our remembrance of the ultimate day of despair, when sin colored the world and evil triumphed. Or so it seemed.
What Does It Really Mean to Be #Blessed?
Apr 28, 2016
Pain and loss transform us. While they sometimes unravel us, they can also push us to a deeper life with God than we ever thought possible.
The Unwelcome Gift of Waiting
Jun 15, 2016
Waiting can be excruciating, especially when we have no idea what God will do. But maybe God is doing more in our waiting than he would in an answer.
The Scars That Have Shaped Me
How God Meets Us in Suffering
Oct 15, 2016
Vaneetha begged God for his delivering grace. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.
What Good Can Come from Suffering?
Oct 27, 2016
We may go about our day-to-day life, oblivious to the fact that God goes with us. But in suffering, God’s presence is unmistakable.
Lament Helps Us Hold on to Him
Nov 2, 2016
I have learned the beauty of lament in my suffering. Lament highlights the gospel more than stoicism ever could. I first found the power in the book of Ruth.
Look Through the Lens of Thanksgiving
Nov 22, 2016
Gratitude opens space in hurting hearts. When we choose to focus on what we have been given, rather than linger over what we’re missing, we find joy and peace.
God Turned My ‘What If’ to ‘Even If’
Dec 12, 2016
Many of us live in fear, wondering whether the worst might happen. Replacing ‘what if’ with ‘even if’ is one of the most liberating exchanges we can ever make.
The Hardest Part of My Pain
Dec 12, 2016
Twenty-one surgeries by age thirteen. Years in the hospital. Multiple miscarriages. The death of a child. Abandonment. Unwanted divorce. What was the hardest part?
What It Really Means to Be #Blessed
Dec 12, 2016
People celebrate being #blessed on social media all the time, but what does the Bible say about blessing?
Worth Every Second
Vaneetha’s Joy in Suffering
Dec 14, 2016
Vaneetha Rendall Risner begged God for grace that would deliver her. But God offered something better: his sustaining grace.
What the Manger Says to the Suffering
Dec 21, 2016
From the beginning of his life, Jesus became the living evidence that the hope of God is for the suffering.